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As Olympics get underway, we take a look at the royal members of the IOC

It is time again for the Winter Olympics. This year they are being held in PyeongChang, South Korea, from 9 February through 25 February. As usual, several members of the world’s royal families have flown in to attend the games. The full list can be read here.

Of those attending, many are also members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and participated at the annual meetings ahead of the Opening Ceremony on 9 February. Royal Central is taking a look at the royal members of the IOC.

The Princess Royal: Britain’s hardest working royal has held a position in the IOC since 1988. An equestrian Olympian for Great Britain, Princess Anne competed in the 1976 Olympic Games. She holds numerous sports administrative positions in the United Kingdom and abroad.

The IOC listed her history with the organisation as follows, “Member as IF representative of the Eligibility Commission (1990-1994); Chair of the following Commissions: Nominations (2014-2015), IOC Members Election (2015-).”

Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark: The future King of Denmark has been a member of the IOC since 2002 and regularly attends the Olympic Games, where, in 2000, he met his Australian-born wife, the now Crown Princess Mary.

The IOC has listed his work with the committee on their website as the following, “Member of the following Commissions: Sport for All (2010-2015), Coordination for the XXIII Olympic Winter Games in 2018 in PyeongChang (2011-), Olympic Programme (2014-2015), Sport and Environment (2014-2015), Sustainability and Legacy (2015-), Sport and Active Society (2015-), Coordination for the 3rd Winter Youth Olympic Games in 2020 in Lausanne (2015-).”

Prince Feisal Al Hussein of Jordan: Brother to Jordan’s King Abdullah, His Royal Highness became a member of the IOC in 2010. He has participated in football, volleyball, wrestling, motor sports; the Prince won a gold medal in 1978 in the Interstate Championships. Prince Feisal has held numerous administrative positions in sports, as well, including being the President of the Jordan Olympic Committee from 2003 to present.

Princess Nora of Liechtenstein: Her Serene Highness became a member of the IOC in 1984; she served as the President of the Liechtenstein Olympic Committee from 1982-1992. She has been the President of the Special Olympics Liechtenstein since 2002 and held numerous other positions in the IOC.

Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg: Practising swimming, sailing, skiing, water-skiing, tennis throughout his life, he entered the IOC in 1998. Additionally, the Grand Duke is a member of the board of the Luxembourg National Olympic Committee and a member of the Olympic Solidarity Commission.

Prince Tunku Imran (Malaysia): Entering the IOC in 2006, the Prince was a squash national champion in 1973 and a member of the National Team from 1973-1976. He has been the President of the Olympic Council of Malaysia since 1998.

Prince Albert of Monaco: The Sovereign Prince of Monaco has been a member of the IOC since 1985 and practised rowing, football, handball, judo, swimming, tennis, equestrian, squash, golf, windsurfing, fencing, volleyball, bobsleigh and skiing throughout his life. His Serene Highness is also a five-time Olympian, competing in bobsleigh in the 1988, 1992, 1994, 1998 and 2002 Olympic Games. He has held or is currently holding several sports administrative positions which include being the President of the Monaco National Olympic Committee since 1994 and a member of the Honorary Board of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).

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Amir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani of Qatar: His Highness became a member in 2002 and practised football, tennis, swimming, falconry. He was also the President of the National Olympic Committee of Qatar from 2000 to 2015.

Honorary royal members of the IOC are Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg, King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, King Constantine of Greece, Infanta Pilar of Spain and Prince Nawaf Bin Faisal Bin Fahad Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia.

The Princess Royal, Crown Prince Frederik, Grand Duke Henri and King Willem-Alexander have all been confirmed to attend the IOC meetings.

The Winter Olympic Games will run from 9 February to the 25 February with an estimated 92 nations competing. Tensions have been high on the Korean peninsula as of late, but it was recently announced that North and South Korea would march under a united flag during the Opening Ceremony in what many see as a diplomatic breakthrough for the two countries.

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